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Boulanger comes up big in GPD debut

GRANTS PASS — Jockey Brandon Boulanger captured three victories in his Grants Pass Downs debut as the horse racing season opened on Saturday.

Boulanger, a 25-yard-old and son of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Boulanger, captured wins in the third, sixth and eighth races atop Boldy True, Diana’s Red Wine and Tilltheluvrunsout, respectively.

With his second victory of the day, jockey Robert Burney claimed the Daily Courier Inaugural Stakes with defending champion Mr. Takahashi. It was the 17th career win for Mr. Takahashi which is 3-for-3 in races at GPD.

Burney also won the day’s first race with Shes a Class Jump.

Jockey Jaime Lopez won two races as well with back-to-back wins in the fourth and fifth races.

Lopez cashed in on the $5,900 purse of the quarter horse featured race, the Mail Tribune Rogue Dash Stakes with Jl Rebel in the fifth race. In the fourth race, Lopez saddled Good Job Jackie, owned and trained by Nancy Klapatch of Grants Pass, for his first win of the day.

Grants Pass Downs surpassed its total handle from last season’s opening day with a mark of $57,982, besting last year’s $53,415.

Racing picks up again today with a Father’s Day promotion with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. and a 1 p.m. post time. Fathers receive free admission.

Saturday’s Results

FIRST RACE

QH Mdn, 300 yd. 1, She’s a Class Jump (R. Burney), 2.20, 2.20, 2.10; 2, Addysdream (B. Boulanger), 2.40, 2.10; 3, Lupita Cruz (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.10. Q — 2-3 $6.00; EX — 3-2 $6.90; TRI — 3-2-4 $12.10. Time — :16.321.

SECOND RACE

QH Alw, 300 yd. 1, Alabama Hills (T. Smith), 4.00, 2.10, 2.10; 2, Hawkin Sun (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.10, 2.20; 3, Ivory Bac (R. Burney), 2.10. Q — 3-5 $3.00; EX — 5-3 $5.50; TRI — 5-3-2 $6.90. Time — :15.801.

THIRD RACE

TB Clm, 5 1/2 F. 1, Boldly True (B. Boulanger), 8.20, 3.60, 2.10; 2, Hunterwood Point (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 3.00, 2.10; 3, Uptownfreddybrown (R. Burney), 2.10. Q — 1-5 $9.40; EX — 1-5 $7.90; TRI — 1-5-2 $48.80; DD — 5-1 $19.80. Time — 1:07.88.

FOURTH RACE

Oregon Bred Mdn, 5 F. 1, Good Job Jackie (J. Lopez), 9.60, 4.00, 2.80; 2, Rock This World (J. Guerrero), 4.80, 3.00; 3, McKenna Warrior (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.40. Q — 3-7 $25.60. Time — 1:01.33.

FIFTH RACE

QH Stks, 350 yd. 1, Jl Rebel (J. Lopez), 30.20, 7.20, 3.60; 2, Sneakin Tr (R. Burney), 4.20, 2.60; 3, Cm Once Ina Bluemoon (A. Zepeda), 2.60. Q — 2-5 $73.20; EX — 2-5 $163.60; TRI — 2-5-3 $353.80; Pick 3 — 1-3-ALL $17.50; Pick 3 — 1-ALL-2 $17.50; Pick 3 — ALL-3-2 $17.50. Time — :17.869.

SIXTH RACE

Alw, 4 1/2 F. 1, Diana’s Red Wine (B. Boulanger), 18.20, 9.40, 3.80; 2, Brite Lily (T. Smith), 10.40, 5.20; 3, She Flys Forever (R. Burney), 2.40. Q — 3-5 $77.60; EX — 5-3 $92.10; TRI — 5-3-7 $357.20. Time — :58.0.

SEVENTH RACE

Stks, 5 F. 1, Mr. Takahashi (R. Burney), 3.60, 2.20, 2.10; 2, Megatron Ruler (J. Munoz-Estrada), 2.40, 2.10; 3, Storm On the River (B. Boulanger), 2.10. Q — 3-4 $7.00; EX — 3-4 $7.20; TRI — 3-4-1 $9.20. Time — 1:00.4.

EIGHTH RACE

Clm, 5 1/2 F. 1, Tilltheluvrunsout (B. Boulanger), 16.00, 4.20, 3.00; 2, Charlie My Love (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 3.00, 2.80; 3, Miss Overlook (J. Lopez), 4.20. Q — 3-5 $41.60; EX — 3-5 $63.00; TRI — 3-5-1 $86.70; DD — 3-3 $93.60; Pick 3 — 5-3-ALL $19.60; Pick 3 — 5-ALL-3 $19.60; Pick 3 — ALL-3-3 $19.60. Time — 1:08.4.

Attendance — 2,275; Handle — $57,982, on track $30,563, off track $27,419.

Horse Racing at Grants Pass Downs on Sunday. [PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR]